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Birkenstock chef shoes vs Dansko professional clogs

Updated on September 14, 2009

Fabulous chef shoes and clogs for comfortable feet!

If you are on your feet all day you need to take good care of your little tootsies. If you work in a kitchen, or garden, or teach, or nurse, or work in a lab, or do a lot of walking but need to look smart or in fact do pretty much anything, then you should check out Birkenstock chef shoes and Dansko professional clogs as your footwear of choice. Uber practical and yet uber cool also.

Get your Birkis or your Danskos on and your feet will love you and you will walk the walk and talk the talk all day without having to sit down with a grimace and curse your poor choice of footwear.

What's even better is that not only are Birkenstocks and Danskos fab shoes, they last and last and last, so even if you think they cost more than you are used to spending on a pair of shoes, you will love them so much that you will wear them non stop and they won't wear out or fall to pieces.

Birkenstock Chef Shoes

Super Birki - Birkenstock chef shoes

I first discovered Super Birkis when I was looking for a gardening shoe.  Enclosed, practical, waterproof, and in my case super duper green. As go-anywhere as wellies, but less bootish.

Only, who knew they would turn out to be so fabulous as well as all the other sensible stuff.  Girls are lucky, because Birkenstock Chefs Shoes are available in lots of lovely colours, a little bit like Crocs. For chaps the story is less colourful - only blue and black are available for men.  However, since girls and boys Birkis are the same, they are effectively unisex, so if you are a fella with small feet the world is your colourful oyster.


Dansko professional clogs

Ahhhhh, Dansko clogs. A while ago a friend of mine had surgery on her foot and needed a comfy pair of shoes.  She was told she had to wear sneakers all day every day.  Well this was no good at all for her, because she is a legal eagle power woman of the first order who sweeps in and out of rooms with a swishy long coat and sweeps off to court looking intimidating (she's very nice really!).  However, was she downhearted?  No! Because she discovered Dansko clogs and found an oh so cute pair of patent leather ones that she wore with her suit.

They looked so smart and so quirkily fun that we all wanted a pair and lovely old Dansko do such a beautiful range of finishes that we could all get them without looking too Stepford Wives if we walked down the road together to get a sandwich.

If you have never worn Dansko before then try them with an open mind.   They feel very different in fit to the shoes you will have worn before - that's becaused these ones are COMFORTABLE.

The fit has changed a little recently and the newer ones run a little smaller than the old ones.  My EU 39s are now a 40, but still have happy toes nestled inside.  Bear that in mind and you will not be disappointed.


Dansko clogs vs Birkenstock chefs shoes - the verdict

 So which do you choose?  The Danskos or the Birkis?

Well, for smart and cute quirky clogs for working on your feet I go Dansko; for fun colours and waterproof protection for wet, mess and outdoor fun I go Birkis.

But hey - I love both, so get a pair of each and wear one to work in the rain, and then pop the others on for the rest of the day!


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      Mella Geasey 

      6 years ago

      I have the Birk Chef shoes, and not only mine, but other chefs like myself initially loved them, however, after wear, they split up the front, not at the toe area, at the top rounded part. I now am looking at Dansko, as I spend hours on hours on my feet, ( and have for 40 years) But I want comfort, style, and a company that will stand behind their product!

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      7 years ago

      Dansko's are better for long hall I have worn them for 12 years. birkis I wanted to try for something softer on my feet I work 12 + hours on my feet everyday 7 days. Birki's are similar to crocs they're ok for a short amount of time but standing on concrete for twelve hours will kill your legs also, give you athletes foot from not being able to breathe

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      kool hand luk 

      7 years ago

      Thanks for a lot of irrelevant information. . .have you ever even been in a kitchen?

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      8 years ago

      I really like birki clogs that I wear, never tried the Dansko. Right now I have the Alpro shoes.. the insoles were terrible so now I just ordered a new pair of Birki's!

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      Dolores Monet 

      8 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Never tried Birkenstocks but give me the Dansko clogs any day. They feel great and last forever.

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      Carson Creek 

      8 years ago

      I remember clogs from the 70's...they've come a long way in comfort without much of a design change. How do you like them compared to Uggs?


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